I joined Bloglovin’

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14343055/?claim=3b6r29jm6mp”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Advertisements

The TBR Book Tag

image

First, I want to thank Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi for tagging me to do this wonderful award. (P. S. I like your taste in books :p)

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR PILE?

Before blogging, I just keep track of my TBR pile by just listing the books that I want to read on my book journal. As of today, I’m still working on my goodreads profile.

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR eBOOK?

Mostly eBooks. Since books here in PH were expensive, and I’m on a tight budget, I purchase books through Kindle. But if I really, really, really like a book, I tend to bend my budget to buy print.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?

Randomly. Sometimes I pick one of the books that’s in my list for quite some time now, or I read what I just purchased.

A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR LIST THE LONGEST?

I’ve been wanting to read The Maze Runner since it’s release but I still have a massive dystopia burnout until now. I don’t even know if I get to read it in the future. (One more dystopia and I’ll vomit.)

A BOOK YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR?

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander. I’ve seen this book at Instagram. I don’t know what it’s about.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR STRICTLY BECAUSE OF IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER?

A Thousand Pieces of You. This book has been frequently photographed on Instagram, and also, it has a lot of good reviews.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON READING?

City of Glass. I have read the first two books of this series and I am thoroughly disappointed. I was so annoyed by Clary that’s why I won’t be continuing reading any of the books in that series. I love Magnus and Alec though.

AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE EXCITED FOR?

A lot. Sword of Summer, The Rose Society, ACOTAR 2, An Ember in the Ashes 2, Winter…should I continue?

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE HAS READ BUT YOU?

Again, The Maze Runner. A lot of people on Twitter is fangirling about this series, and I still don’t know why.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE RECOMMENDS TO YOU?

Not everyone, but A Game of Thrones has been a total hyped, and I haven’t read it yet.

A BOOK ON YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE DYING TO READ?

An Ember in The Ashes 2. AEITA has been one of my best read this year, and Sabaa Tahir’s writing has been breathtaking. I can’t wait.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR GOODREADS TBR SHELF?

Between all my responsibilities, managing my GR is impossible so I’m really inactive at that site. But I’m still working on it one step at a time, so I guess I have approximately 200+ books on my TBR shelf there.

I’m tagging everyone who want to do this tag. 🙂

A Darker Shade of Magic

image

Author: V. E. Schwab

Kell is an Antari- a rare race of blood magicians that can travel through parallel universes. Because if this ability, Kell serves as a messenger for the royal family of Red London to another royalty of another London.

There existed four Londons: Grey London which magical practices we’re long forgotten, Red London with the abundance of magic that made them the most prosperous of all, White London that has a shortage of magic because they try to fight and control it, and Black London which cease to exist anymore.

Kell has an illegal hobby, he smuggle artifacts from one London to another for those people who wanted to posses a proof of the existence of another universe other than theirs. Kell’s life was put in the line because of this, he accidentally smuggled a dangerous artifact that made him a target for another Antari.

Before saving Kell, Delilah Bard robs him first. She knew that it is her life calling to live an adventurous life, and she got it when she demanded from Kell to let her come to his London. From this unusual meeting, Kell and Lila tried to survive a dangerous adventure full of treachery with the help of each other

image

V. E. Schwab’s name has been all over the social media that is why I am compelled to see what’s all the fuss is all about. Originally I am to pick up Vicious rather than A Darker Shade of Magic, but my local bookstore don’t have a stock of it so I resort on the next best thing: this. This book tackles multidimensional worlds, thievery, dangerous artifacts, and of course, magic. This book may be a second choice but I didn’t regret buying it the moment I opened it, instead, I was immensely consumed to the point that I sacrifice my precious sleep so that I can finish this book immediately. Saying that I am captivated by the story and Schwab’s writing style would be an understatement. I loved this book so much that I pre-order the next book the instant I saw the last period of the story.

Schwab certainly have an impeccable talent when it comes to world building. It’s hard enough to build a place where an intricate story line is to take place and she did it four times. She built four contrasting world that demands the reader’s senses to be involved. She delivered a multidimensional world with vivid interpretation and mad writing skills. Though every London share distinct differences from each other, the author made sure that each of them also share similarities. The dangerous backdrop of the story intensify the pull that I felt towards the book. No place in the story is safe enough for Kell and Lila, even the magic less London doesn’t proved to be a safe haven after all.

A Darker Shade of Magic does not only appeal with SFF fanatics like me. It targeted a wider range of readers by its complex plot. For example, if you’re take on fantasy novels belongs to the neutral zone but you like antiheroes, then this book is for you. Or if you’re more inclined in the high fantasy genre with a descriptive backdrop, and you think that romance is not a necessary element, then you got to pick this novel up. Personally, this book fed the craving I’ve had for a high fantasy novel that I can’t only read but also, experienced. I’ve been wanting something smell, see, feel, and then even taste, and this book enticed all my senses the moment I picked it up. The pacing might be slow at first, but I understand the need to slow down a story like this. I understand the necessity to build first a strong backdrop, and to introduce characters when the story is about to dive a cliff full of magical practices and treachery.

If you have read my past reviews, you’ll know that I have a certain weakness when it comes to characters like Lila. I believe that the world need more characters like her. She’s far from beautiful, yet she’s charming and a debonair through and through. She’s full of flaws, but she still aims high and was determined to reach her goals. Though she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, Lila expressed an unusual sympathy and vulnerability to those people and things that matters to her. She knows how to appreciate simple things.

More than half of the story is focused on Kell and his struggle to remain a good person despite of the strong influence of bad magic. I admire his protectiveness and love toward his adoptive brother. He would go to the end of the world for him and he is willing to save him any time at any cost without a second thought. My only issue with him is that under his intriguing coat is a plain character. Yes he can do magic and travel between parallel universe, but personality wise, he’s not unforgettable.

Another element that I found remarkable in this world is its villains. The Danes we’re both cruel, cunning and power-hungry. They’re the perfect antagonist for this kind of book. They were both meant to be evil and unforgiving, and they delivered it the best way possible.

A Darker Shade of Magic ends on a good note for me. All the issues we’re resolved while the author left enough questions for me to look forward for the next book. Schwab ends this part of Lila and Kell’s story with the promise of an interesting continuation and I bet that it will be one.

Rating: 4/5

Review: The Wicked Will Rise

image

Author: Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm’s mission is to kill Dorothy and free the Land of Oz, but before she can do that, he must first accomplish a mission which includes getting the Tin Woodman’s heart, Scarecrow’s brain and Lion’s courage.

With the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked nowhere to be found, Princess Ozma as her only confidant, and her heart yearning for Nox, will Amy fulfill her duties?

image

I honestly dreaded writing this review after writing Dorothy Must Die’s. After ranting about the first book, I felt like I have to give this series a chance to redeem itself. It did not happen. The first chapter up to the thirteenth was like reading something that a 70-year-old woman wrote. Things only get better at Chapter 14 because the whole beginning of the book is just Amy walking around and having stupid conversation with the other characters.

This book has immensely tested my patience. The characters we’re inconsistent and ridiculous. Amy was beyond annoying and she still doesn’t have what it takes to be a good heroine. She worries too much about her love interest instead of saving Oz. She’s not goal oriented, which is essential in writing about something like what the author wanted to tell her readers.  I also noticed that Paige is still obsessed with writing each and every idea that pops into Amy’s head.

This book, like the other one, posses a lot of potential. The world building could be more creative, the characters could be more refined, and the writing could be improved in so many ways. The Wicked Will Rise left so many unanswered question, but I don’t think that I will be reading the next book to be released.

The Creative Blogger Awards

image

A huge thanks to Alicia @ The Cyborg Knight for nominating me to do this award.

image

The RULES:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for anyone to know what to do.

image

5 Facts About Me

1. I have a restless spirit, the type that I can’t even sit still for a couple of minutes. When I’m still studying, I’m always getting on my professors’ nerves for creating disturbance among the classes and the only time that I can stay in a place for a long time is when I’m reading and daydreaming.

2. I have a serious issue with authority. Whenever someone dictates me of what to do, it seriously get on my nerves that I choose to do the wrong thing than to do what is right. It always happen whenever someone tries to prove that they’re much smarter than I do. I know I’m arrogant and such but I believe that no one is perfect and everyone has their own flaws to share (and that this is mine).

3. When I was 7 years old I kidnapped my neighbor. It’s not kidnap as in I abducted him, I just pretend to. When I saw my neighbor sneaking away from his parents to go outside, I got the naughtiest idea to make a ransom note with a big amount of money, then dropped it inside his room through the window. After a couple of hours, his mother saw my note and immediately go to my mom because she suspected that I am the one who wrote the note. (It was handwritten by my seven-year old self.) When our neighbor left, my mother gave me a good spanking that taught me a lesson never to mess with ‘criminal’ stuffs again.

4. I don’t want my son to become like me. (This is a serious one.) I got pregnant at 19, I am a college drop out, and I wasted a lot of opportunities that comes my way. Don’t get me wrong, I never regret having a child even though it’s hard raising someone when I’m still learning about life myself. I just wish that I waited for myself to become more well-established and successful.

5. I’d rather have winter than summer. I hate the heat and I will always do. I’d rather snuggle with my husband under a thick wooly blanket while it’s raining outside than to bake my self under the summer sun.

image

I NOMINATE:

A Bibliophobic Tendencies

Bookish Library

Fhina @ Books Coffee and Life

The Liebster Award

liebster

I was nominated by Kayla @ The Fiction Fairy to do this Liebster Award for quite some time now and I only had a chance to do it today. Thank you so much for nominating me.

Here’s my answers to her questions:

1. What is your favorite childhood or middle grade book/series?

I love Enid Blyton’s books especially the Famous Five series. I remember being scolded by my parents because I’m reading her books past bedtime so I just flip off my lights then I got under the covers and read my books there with a flashlight.

2. What’s the most beautiful book on your bookshelf?

I think that the beauty of a book is defined on how much worn out they are because I have read them so many times. So the most beautiful books on my shelf would be The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan along with the books on the series. I think I have read them for over five times since their release.

3. If you could turn any book/series into a movie or tv show, which would you choose?

I would choose the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, but only if they cast Chase Crawford or Ian Somerhaulder as Warner.

4. If you could switch bodies with a fictional character for a day (live through their eyes), which character would you choose?

I would choose Robert Langdon from Inferno by Dan Brown. I admire his intelligence so much.

5. Write the first character that comes to mind with a name that starts with “C” and describe if you like them or not.

Clary Fray, actually she’s my most hated character of all times. She’s reckless and half of her decisions cause for others to suffer.

6. What book are you currently reading? Do you like it so far?

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke. I love it!

7. Name one book you would love to get signed.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, my favorite dystopia.

8. If you could get your hands on an ARC (advanced reader copy) for ANY book coming out in the future, which would you choose?

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan because I really dig the high fantasy genre especially when it is about mythology.

9. If you could keep any animal/pet from a book as a pet in real life, which would you choose?

Um, Bambi from Every Last Breath by JLA. She’s a familiar so I won’t be obliged to fend for her. (I don’t like pets because I’m lazy when it comes to taking care for them.)

10. What is one of your worst bookish habits?

Excessive reading? I read every possible moment that I can. In the comfort room, while breast-feeding, when my kid’s asleep, sometimes even when he’s awake and still, I felt deprived of books.

11. What was your favorite book that you read this summer?

I can’t choose. I like An Ember in The Ashes, Cruel Beauty, Gilded Ashes, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Every Last Breath.

Facts about me:
1. I’m from the Philippines.
2. I have an over energetic 10-month-old son.
3. I have a frog phobia.
4. I love rainy days more than sunny ones.
5. My initials we’re AAAA and my birthday is on the month of April. (I have a lot of As going on)
6. I don’t like pets.
7. I eat everything and not gain a pound.
8. I get annoyed whenever someone tells me that I’m ‘just’ a mom. Hello! Try to be one then tell me again that I’m ‘just’ a mom.
9. I like my books to look worn and overuse (but not damaged).
10. I love watching and officiating amateur basketball matches.
11. I’d rather be alone most of the time.

My questions:
1. Are you favor of changing covers whenever a book is reprinted? Why?
2. What’s your most read book of all times?
3. If you’re going on a weekend getaway, what book will you bring?
4. Have you regret buying a certain book? If so, why?
5. Fairy tale retelling or mythology?
6. If you’re moving out of your house and you’re only allowed to bring one book, what will you choose?
7. Who influenced you to read?
8. Have you ever encounter a quote in a book that made such a big impact on your life? What is it and why?
9. High fantasy or contemporary?
10. What are the best and worst book-to-film adaptations you’ve seen?
11. Your favorite read this year.

I nominate:

looking4books

The Bookworm Blogg

librostagram

The Little Book Affair

August Wrap Up

PicsArt_1441148507512

August has been hectic for me. Between my motherly duties and blogging, my cousin asked for my help to tutor her. Also, my son and I moved in with his father’s house and there’s no internet in there so my blog has to suffer. Despite of everything, I’m still glad because I get to spend more time hanging out with my husband and son instead of just reading inside our room.

Here’s the list of books that I have read this month:

1. Red Rising
2. Golden Son
3.Cruel Beauty
4.Crimson Bound
5.An Ember in the Ashes
6.Dorothy Must Die
7. The Wicked Will Rise
8. Every Last Breath
9. Gilded Ashes
10. The Son of Sobek
11. The Staff of Serapis
12. The Crown of Ptolemy
13. Quidditch Through The Ages
14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

As you can see, I have read a lot of novellas this month, my favorite among them is Gilded Ashes while my least favorite we’re those written by Rick Riordan. And for those longer books, I liked An Amber in the Ashes and Every Last Breath the most while Dorothy Must Die is the least of my favorite. I also have written book reviews for those who have links, just click it if you want to read of what I thought about those books. As for those I haven’t posted a review yet, I will do but I’m still uncertain of when I will post them. August has been a productive month for me and I hope September will be to.